Explore The Past winners Africa Illustrious Award
Tony Onyekwelu - Fashion Stylist of the Year- Born in the eastern part of Nigeria in October, 1980. Studied Chemical Engineering at Enugu state university of science and technology, but his love for fashion drove him to the corridors of the fashion industry where he has been making waves for over 9years. His bespoke clothing and shoe label was launched in January 2012 at Enugu state which recorded a phenomenal growth within few years, hence launched a flagship store at Lekki, Lagos state, Nigeria, in May 2015. Afrocentric, classic, timeless, urban, trendy, perfectly put together are words that easily describe the artistic and fashionable creations of this fashion icon as he Caters to a niche target market of upwardly mobile individuals, top celebrities and corporate organizations. His brand, Tee Apparel has participated in notable fashion shows like the Lagos fashion week, Lagos fashion fair, made in Nigeria shoe expo, amongst others. Tony is married to Linda Onyekwelu and his marriage is blessed with 2 boys and a girl
US-based Nigerian-born business Kenny Adebayo, head CEO, Global Ultra Logistics, LCC, had envisioned that he would thrive well if he started Freight Forwarding and logistics business, it could be taken for granted. And if any pious cleric had told him to go into the business, he should thank his stars that he heeded the advice. Many years after he took that leap of faith, the US-based Freight Forwarder is now reaping bountifully from his efforts, making Nigeria proud.
Rashidi Yekini (23 October 1963 – 4 May 2012) was a Nigerian professional footballer who played as a striker. He is all-time top goalscorer for his nation. His professional career, which spanned more than two decades, was mainly associated with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal, but he also played in six other countries besides his own. Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international footballer, and represented the nation in seven major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country's first-ever goal in the competition. He was also named the African Footballer of the Year in 1993
4. Joseph Yobo - Africa Lifetime Leadership Award Joseph Yobo is a former Nigeria international, who has been capped 101 times and represented the Super Eagles at three FIFA World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. After participating in Nigeria's run to the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship quarter-finals, Yobo made his senior international debut against Zambia in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 24 March 2001. He played in all six of the team's matches in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations and was included in the squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he was again ever-present, assisting Julius Aghahowa's goal in a 2–1 loss to Sweden. Yobo made his second World Cup appearance at the 2010 tournament in South Africa, after which he assumed the captaincy on the international retirement of Nwankwo Kanu. 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Lifted the trophy after appearing as an 89th-minute substitute in Nigeria's 1–0 final defeat of Burkina Faso. In June 2014, Yobo was included in Stephen Keshi's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was named in the starting line-up for both the second and third group matches, helping the Super Eagles to clean sheet in a 1–0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina. On 30 June, he made his 100th international appearance, captaining Nigeria against France in the round of 16.